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BA LHR-AMS-LHR

Thu Feb 21, 2008 4:25 pm

Fellow A.Netters, my first non work flights of the year and a chance to pick up a few more tierage points towards Silver card retention  Smile

16.02.08 BA428 A321-231 G-EUXE 4A
2nd Flight on this aircraft & 18th A321 Flight
SCH DEP 07:30 SCH ARR 10:00
ACT DEP 07:48 ACT ARR 09:52


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Being a Saturday, traffic was nice and light to Heathrow. Since today was more for tierage collection rather than spotting, I had booked a later flight, spotting in February can be darn cold in Europe!

Upon arrival at Terminal 4, I found it to be quite busy, plenty of folks not used to travelling much and getting in my way!

No queue at the entrance to Fast Track security, though it was pretty slow once you joined the line, thankfully they opened another machine after 5 minutes or so.

Didn’t bother with any shops, just headed for the BA Terraces to relax before my flight.

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Whilst there, I managed a coffee and a pastry or 2, nice! I had hoped for some of the berries and stuff, but it had been cleaned out, re-stocking had yet to occur.

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Boarding was announced at about 7:10 for gate 23. Since it was a 5-10 minute walk I headed off straight away. Once at gate 23, boarding has only just begun, it was clear this would be a pretty busy flight this morning – one thing I wish BA would work in is priority boarding for Club passengers, it’s very hit and miss if it happens, generally miss from my experiences.

Once down the jet way, I discovered it was a bussing departure. The funny thing was the CDG passengers were advised they would be bussed but we were not, interesting!

Push back occurred a few minutes early, Club had slightly over a 50% load this morning, the rear cabin was pretty full.

There was a fairly long taxi this morning as we had to head down to 09L for take-off, though we were number 2 for take-off – wheels up at 08:12.

No spotters at the garage yet
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T5
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Once the crew had been cleared to move, breakfast service started, hot towels first followed by the usual BA full English Breakfast, as usual it was excellent, a great start to the day!

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The rest of the flight was uneventful, the cabin crew were nice and friendly, such a shame it’s such a short flight.
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Nobody on the beach yet
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Wheels touched down at 09:52, slightly ahead of schedule despite the late departure.

Another great BA flight and a good start to a day of spotting in the cold.

The deck was very cold today, but here are a few pictures.
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PH-AOL - sorry for the quailty, she caught me on the hop!
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PH-BVA
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NW 330
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NW 752
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KLM MD11's
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at one point I left the deck to find Starbucks for a decent coffee and something to eat, on the way I passed these:-
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I do like the arrival & departure info screens - give the reg!  Smile
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16.02.08 BA439 A321-231 G-EUXL 2A
1st Flight on this aircraft & 19th A321 Flight
SCH DEP 16:40 SCH ARR 17:00
ACT DEP 17:08 ACT ARR 16:55


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After a very cold day spotting and few decent pictures, (it was a little slow, only made 25 new planes) It was time to head home.

After printing my BP and heading through passport control, it was off to the lounge for a beer and read the paper.

Boarding was called around 16:40, so I headed down to the gate to clear security, nice and easy, managed to keep my shoes on too! Boarding started at 16:55.

I always find the BA flights from AMS are delayed, whilst not surprised due to ATC and the frequent short flights, what annoys me is the lack of info and general indifference of the ground crew (they are outsourced) at AMS.

Despite the late arrival of the aircraft and therefore the late boarding, our light passenger load ensured we pushed back at 17:08. Load was <50 passengers down back with Club being almost full, about 5 or 6 rows were allocated to Club.

As we taxied out, the pilot pointed out we would be using the polderban for departure, with words to the effect that we would taxi most of the way to Heathrow! – wheels were up at 17:30.

Once released the crew sprang into action for this short flight, our meal this evening was a Chicken Tikka dish with what appeared to be some chickpeas and salad, very tasty it was too. The chickpeas were quite spicy, I liked it but if your not into spicy food it would not be for you.

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The rest of the short flight was uneventful, with approach over Windsor for landing on 09L.

Wheels touched down at 16:55 though it was 17:33 when the doors finally opened, that’s the problem with T4 if you land on the wrong side of the airport.

Sorry for the lack of pix on the return, the poor lighting conditions were not helping!

Summary:-

Another couple of excellent flights on BA, just wish they would sort pre-boarding to a constant standard.

Thanks for reading, any comments are appreciated.

Regards

Mark

Confirmed flights on the horizon:-

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Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:43 pm

Nice TR

A really pleasant read.

The pics are good.

Glad that you enjoyed your flights with BA. The food seems really good.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
BA LAX-LHR 744

Which date will you fly from LAX???


Thank you for sharing

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Thu Feb 21, 2008 6:29 pm

Very nice report as usual. I quite liked the meal pics, BA's C-class service looks amazing even on a short flight like yours!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Confirmed flights on the horizon:-

Apparently we can be looking forward to reading some more nice BA reports from you.

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RE: BA LHR-AMS-LHR

Thu Feb 21, 2008 7:46 pm

Thanks for sharing, I flew the same route ca. 2005, and it was pretty nice, if short.
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RE: BA LHR-AMS-LHR

Thu Feb 21, 2008 9:02 pm

Hi, Mark,

nice story and pics, thanx for posting.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
1st Flight on this aircraft

One new BA A321 and some new regs, not bad.

Wheather seems ok, cold but sunny, for some spotting action.

When will we see you at the FRA T2 terrace?.

And btw, I´am ready for some more interesting BA reports from your point of view.

Best regards,
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Thu Feb 21, 2008 9:25 pm

Mark,

Excellent TR and glad you enjoyed the spotting in the clear weather, although a bit cold  Smile

Mealservice in Club Class on such a short flight looks excellent; looks better than KLM in my humble opinion...
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Thu Feb 21, 2008 9:27 pm

Mark,

thanks for the write-up! Great report, a shorty, covering 2 short flights.

BA seems offering a great product. Reminds me on the service I got in C on BD when they were still full service. Great service, for sure. That chicken meal on your homebound flight look delicious to me  yummy 

Good selection of pics. You were flying nearly over my house, when turning in into finals for your rwy 06 arrival. Nice to see the new A330 and first B777-300ER of KL in action as well. You are one of the first Englishmen to catch those I think Big grin

Cheers,
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RE: BA LHR-AMS-LHR

Thu Feb 21, 2008 9:59 pm



Quoting B747forever (Reply 1):
Nice TR

A really pleasant read.

The pics are good.

- Glad you enjoyed  Smile

Quoting B747forever (Reply 1):
Which date will you fly from LAX???

- I think September 9th

Quoting Ndebele (Reply 2):
Apparently we can be looking forward to reading some more nice BA reports from you.

- Oh yes  Smile

Quoting Caio86 (Reply 3):
Thanks for sharing, I flew the same route ca. 2005, and it was pretty nice, if short.

- Sometimes you just want flight's to last longer.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Hi, Mark,

nice story and pics, thanx for posting.

- Thanks Marcus

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
Wheather seems ok, cold but sunny

- I'm just glad I had a thick coat on, despite that I was still cold!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
When will we see you at the FRA T2 terrace?.

- I plan to return to FRA this year - will drop you a PM when dates cfmd.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
And btw, I´am ready for some more interesting BA reports from your point of view.

- I can promise that  Smile

Quoting MH017 (Reply 5):
Mark,

Excellent TR and glad you enjoyed the spotting in the clear weather, although a bit cold

Mealservice in Club Class on such a short flight looks excellent; looks better than KLM in my humble opinion...

- Yes, weather was superb, just a shame it was a bit quiet, might have to pop back in the summer for all the extra charter action. I've not flown KLM for years, if fact it was an A310 flight  Smile , but I do hear the European Business service is not quite upto scratch....

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 6):
That chicken meal on your homebound flight look delicious to me

- It was, trust me!

Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 6):
Nice to see the new A330 and first B777-300ER of KL in action as well. You are one of the first Englishmen to catch those I think

Cheers,
Eric

- Good point Eric, not thought of that! I had hoped to catch my last KLM 772 but alas it was not to be seen  Sad

Thanks for all the reads and comments.

Kind Regards

Mark
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Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:03 pm

Brilliant TR and photos as usual. Cant beat the BA breakfast !!!! Glad you had a nice trip spotting. AMS is certainly a nice airport to spot and fly through.

Looking forward to the next ones....

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Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:20 pm

Hi, Mark,

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 7):
- I plan to return to FRA this year - will drop you a PM when dates cfmd.

Good idea
 Smile

Will wait for your FRA schedule.

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Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:32 pm

I always enjoy reading your trip reports, Mark, and this one's no exception. Great selection of photos, especially on the climb out of Heathrow. The trip looks worthwhile just for the BA breakfast! And that flight arrivals screen at Amsterdam must have been designed with a.nutters in mind! Thanks for putting this together and as usual looking forward to your next reports.

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Thu Feb 21, 2008 10:38 pm

Hey! I like the pics of LHR and Wembley Stadium! It's been more than 10yrs since I've been back to London and with CO no going to LHR in a few weeks, I'll might have to make that trip!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Once the crew had been cleared to move, breakfast service started, hot towels first followed by the usual BA full English Breakfast, as usual it was excellent, a great start to the day!

I like that little mug and all those pics of BA's English breakfast always look  yummy 

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
The deck was very cold today, but here are a few pictures.

My next time in AMS, whether scheduled or surprised stop, I need to head to the viewing deck! I always get lured by the temptations of AMS Duty Free!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
As we taxied out, the pilot pointed out we would be using the polderban for departure, with words to the effect that we would taxi most of the way to Heathrow! – wheels were up at 17:30.

I always like the taxing out to the Polderbaan, but then I'm always out and then immediately realize that we're already in the air.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
CO EWR-HNL 764

If it's like the IAH-HNL flights, many of the female FAs have hibiscus flowers in their hairs, Hawaiian music playing over the PA system, and the pilot giving welcoming everyone with an ALOHA! Too bad they do not offer cups of POG during the flight (papaya-orange-guava juice).  yummy 

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Fri Feb 22, 2008 12:48 am



Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
at one point I left the deck to find Starbucks for a decent coffee

Then why go to Starbucks?  wink 
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Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:46 am

hi BA319-131, excellent trip report..by the way, can u or somebody else tell me which route the NW 752 in the picture serves? didnt know NW has narrow body service across the pond....any input will be appreciated.


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Fri Feb 22, 2008 9:17 am

Hiya,

may I  Wink

Quoting Edgaren (Reply 13):
can u or somebody else tell me which route the NW 752 in the picture serves? didnt know NW has narrow body service across the pond..

BDL-AMS NW B752
BOS-AMS NW B752
DTW-AMS NW B752

So we usually see 3 daily NW narrowbodies in AMS  Smile

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Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 7):
- I think September 9th

Okay, I see. Looking forward for that TR!!!
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RE: BA LHR-AMS-LHR

Fri Feb 22, 2008 1:09 pm

Hi All, thanks for your comments,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 9):
Will wait for your FRA schedule.

-Stand by  Smile

Quoting Khaleej777 (Reply 10):
I always enjoy reading your trip reports, Mark, and this one's no exception

- Thanks, that's real nice to hear.

Quoting Khaleej777 (Reply 10):
that flight arrivals screen at Amsterdam must have been designed with a.nutters in mind!

- I know, so cool!!

Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 11):
I always like the taxing out to the Polderbaan, but then I'm always out and then immediately realize that we're already in the air.

- I to am normally asleep by then,it's a struggle to stay awake at times!

Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 11):
If it's like the IAH-HNL flights, many of the female FAs have hibiscus flowers in their hairs, Hawaiian music playing over the PA system, and the pilot giving welcoming everyone with an ALOHA

- Excellent, look forward to that  Smile

Quoting Edgaren (Reply 13):
hi BA319-131, excellent trip report

- Thanks  Smile

Quoting B747forever (Reply 15):
Okay, I see. Looking forward for that TR!!!

- Roll on September then!

Regards

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Quoting Edgaren (Reply 13):
didnt know NW has narrow body service across the pond

Not only to AMS, but also to DUS they operate the 757's ...
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Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:43 pm

Hi Mark,

Nice to see you made a TR with dest. AMS! Always nice to see a report of my homebase!
You are one lucky guy to see both PH-AOL and PH-BVA! I work at the airport but did not see PH-BVA yet....  Wow!
You made some very nice shots at the terrace!
Thanks for sharing your story!

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Fri Feb 22, 2008 2:58 pm

What a pleasant trip report Mark,a pleasure to read and with excellent pictures as well.

Will look for more in the future.
 
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Fri Feb 22, 2008 6:50 pm

Hi Mark!

Really nice to read your TR. Nice pics, too. Have you only been to the observation deck, or to any runway spots, too?

The meals are looking decent. Do you know, if BA serves a meal in Y on these short hops?

Looking forward to more of your TRs.

Regards,

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Fri Feb 22, 2008 7:00 pm

Great report and fantastic pics! Food looks great, especially the tikka.

What's with the A/C parts in the terminal? Haven't been through AMS for years!

Looking forward to your next reports

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Fri Feb 22, 2008 9:07 pm

Good TR with plenty of interesting pics, especially PH-BVA

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I do like the arrival & departure info screens - give the reg!

hmmm interesting. Is this new to AMS? I don't recall seeing that the last time I was in Schiphol.
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Fri Feb 22, 2008 11:56 pm

What a great report!!! Some great pics also, I look forward to seeing some more reports from your future trips.


Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 7):
I've not flown KLM for years, if fact it was an A310 flight , but I do hear the European Business service is not quite upto scratch....

I flew in Europe Select back in Aug 2007 and although it was alright it was no where near as goo as the service in Club Europe. I understand it is hard to give such a good service on short flihgts but I believe BA offre one of the better Premium services within Europe

Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 11):
I like the pics of LHR and Wembley Stadium

Ive seen this only once from take-off from LHR and I wish i could see it again. Such a great stadium

Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 11):
I like that little mug and all those pics of BA's English breakfast always look

It makes a difference

Quoting AznMadSci (Reply 11):
I always like the taxing out to the Polderbaan

Taxiing out is much bettre than taxiing in  Smile
When your taxiing in it seems to take forever

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Sat Feb 23, 2008 12:27 am

It was quite fascinating to see how AA dominated T3 in Heathrow!

You did a fantastic job on this TR. Hope you write more, and include lots of pics. Your pic quality was quite good. It's true it's hard to get a good quality pic when you see a plane right at the spur of the moment. I remember spotting on the roof of T1 parkade in Toronto when it was still the old T1 (1960s).
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Sat Feb 23, 2008 5:57 am

Hi folks, thatnks for the continued comments,

Quoting DALCE (Reply 18):
I work at the airport but did not see PH-BVA yet....

- Too much time off then!!  Smile

Quoting Comeflywithme (Reply 19):
What a pleasant trip report Mark,a pleasure to read and with excellent pictures as well.

Will look for more in the future.

- Very kind of you, hows life in Argentina? - Missing Scotland yet?

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 20):
Hi Mark!

Really nice to read your TR. Nice pics, too

- Thanks  Smile

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 20):
Have you only been to the observation deck, or to any runway spots, too?

- I've only been ont the deck, I quitre fancy the runways spots, but mainly take registrations, photo's are a nice extra but not the main trip reasons.

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 20):
Do you know, if BA serves a meal in Y on these short hops?

- Something is served, but not sure what it is these days.

Quoting LHboyatDTW (Reply 22):
hmmm interesting. Is this new to AMS? I don't recall seeing that the last time I was in Schiphol.

- I think it's new, don't recall seeing it there last year.

Quoting Gkyip (Reply 21):
What's with the A/C parts in the terminal? Haven't been through AMS for years!

- A new Aviation/Hobby shop has opened, they appear to be related to that.

Quoting Sketty222 (Reply 23):
What a great report!!! Some great pics also, I look forward to seeing some more reports from your future trips

- Thanks, more will arrive throught the year, another one quite soon.....

Quoting AA767LOVER (Reply 24):
It was quite fascinating to see how AA dominated T3 in Heathrow!

- At times with UA too it can seem liKe ORD!

Quoting AA767LOVER (Reply 24):
You did a fantastic job on this TR. Hope you write more, and include lots of pics.

- Many thanks, more will follow throught the year.

Kind Regards to all.

Mark
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Sat Feb 23, 2008 1:12 pm

Hello Mark,

Thanks for the interesting read!

I'm flying on a quite regularly basis to LHR, and the company usually books me in BMI - C.

The difference in service looks really big... BA still serves you a plate in C, while BD usually hands out a box with a sandwich (except for the morning departures when they serve you an omelette with mushrooms).

Are your upcoming BA flights in C as well? Last Wednesday, we were bussed to G-DBCC. Our bus was parked next to a BA B744 being prepared for take off... those planes look marvellous!

Also the BA lounge looks much better... BMI only offers you biscuits in LHR and peanuts in BRU (don't really want to eat peanuts at 6:30 in the morning when I'm waiting for the 7:25 departure to LHR!!).

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Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:55 pm

Hola Mark!

I enjoyed reading this TR. I bet you it took you as much time writing it than actually flying!  Smile

BTW, I did not know BA had any A321 which is always a great piece of news.

I used to fly LGW-AMS on BA and their service was always great for sch a short flight, I am happy they have not changed.

You said this was a mileage run to push up your status. I resigned from OW, really IB program, a it was very costly to keep the status with them, plus IB has downgraded all BCN flights to Clickair which means no C class at all for their direct flights, you have to fly via MAD to be on C. I find Miles&More more efficient and not as costly, I guess it helps not being in Star Alliance territory.

Salut!

Roger
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RE: BA LHR-AMS-LHR

Thu Feb 28, 2008 5:44 pm

My continuted thanks for your reads and comments.

Quoting EBBRbased (Reply 26):
Hello Mark,

Thanks for the interesting read!

- My pleasure  Smile

Quoting EBBRbased (Reply 26):
I'm flying on a quite regularly basis to LHR, and the company usually books me in BMI - C.

The difference in service looks really big... BA still serves you a plate in C, while BD usually hands out a box with a sandwich (except for the morning departures when they serve you an omelette with mushrooms).

- Yes, BA C is much better than BD C service.

Quoting EBBRbased (Reply 26):
Are your upcoming BA flights in C as well?

- Yes.

Quoting EBBRbased (Reply 26):
Also the BA lounge looks much better... BMI only offers you biscuits in LHR

- Agreed, the BD lounges are actually quite poor compared to BA's.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 27):
I bet you it took you as much time writing it than actually flying!

- Actually,it's not to bad this time, the next one might be longer!

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 27):
You said this was a mileage run to push up your status. I resigned from OW, really IB program, a it was very costly to keep the status with them,

- I don't find it too bad really, though if I find myself short of points I do make the odd run to help retention.

Regards

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RE: BA LHR-AMS-LHR

Thu Feb 28, 2008 11:19 pm

Hello,

Lovely report as usual, pleasure to read and indeed that breakfast never disappoints! When are your JFK flights out of interest? Expect the Spicy Lemon dressing on your salad in CW we don't seem to ever change it silly  That status screen is brilliant, where they all over the airport?

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RE: BA LHR-AMS-LHR

Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:38 pm



Quoting A340600 (Reply 29):
Lovely report as usual

- Thanks Sam  Smile

Quoting A340600 (Reply 29):
When are your JFK flights out of interest?

- First set are complete, next confirmed flight to JFK is August.

Quoting A340600 (Reply 29):
That status screen is brilliant, where they all over the airport?

- I know, they are really cool!! - The screens I saw are located next to the entrance doors to the viewing terrace.

Best Wishes

Mark
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RE: BA LHR-AMS-LHR

Fri Feb 29, 2008 10:39 pm

Hi Mark,

enjoyable report with great pics! All the food looks really good - amazing for such short flights.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Once the crew had been cleared to move, breakfast service started, hot towels first followed by the usual BA full English Breakfast, as usual it was excellent, a great start to the day!

I like that design on the cup!

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
Once released the crew sprang into action for this short flight, our meal this evening was a Chicken Tikka dish with what appeared to be some chickpeas and salad, very tasty it was too. The chickpeas were quite spicy, I liked it but if your not into spicy food it would not be for you.

Would be perfect for me.  Smile


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RE: BA LHR-AMS-LHR

Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:00 pm

Hi Mark,

very nice report and some great pics of your flights and of AMS as well. BA's Business Class product seems to be great, even on short flights. Meals look very good.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I do like the arrival & departure info screens - give the reg!

That's a really nice feature - like that, you know what to expect in advance. There is a similar thing at FRA as well - not on the big screens, but there are terminals where everybody can view the "OPS"-menu which also shows the registrations.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
As we taxied out, the pilot pointed out we would be using the polderban for departure, with words to the effect that we would taxi most of the way to Heathrow!

Great! Big grin

Regards
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RE: BA LHR-AMS-LHR

Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:24 am

Excellent flight report. The meals look absolutely delicious and waaaaaaaaaaay better than any of the meals I got on SQ longhaul economy.  Yeah sure

They look even better than what's served up when I last flew BA longhaul, too.

AMS really does look like a fantastic place for spotting. I've only ever spent 30 minutes at the end of one of the runways some years back. Would loooooooove to go back there.

Quoting BA319-131 (Thread starter):
I do like the arrival & departure info screens - give the reg!

LOL! SYD's observation deck also had this feature some years ago before they switched the screens off up there.  Sad
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RE: BA LHR-AMS-LHR

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Quoting Contact Air (Reply 32):
That's a really nice feature - like that, you know what to expect in advance. There is a similar thing at FRA as well - not on the big screens, but there are terminals where everybody can view the "OPS"-menu which also shows the registrations.

- Thanks Christoph, never knew that!

Quoting HKGKaiTak (Reply 33):
Excellent flight report.

- Thanks

Quoting HKGKaiTak (Reply 33):
The meals look absolutely delicious and waaaaaaaaaaay better than any of the meals I got on SQ longhaul economy.

- Interesting, well the meals are good, but I think the SQ A380 first flight had better meals  Smile

Quoting HKGKaiTak (Reply 33):
LOL! SYD's observation deck also had this feature some years ago before they switched the screens off up there.

- Shame, this is a cool feature for spotters.

Regards

Mark
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